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Discover Santiago & Patagonia

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This 8 day adventure is a good introduction to the Chilean capital of Santiago and Patagonia, a vast and virtually untouched landscape famous for its dramatic mountain scenery and giant glaciers.

Our tour starts in the capital city of Santiago, based at the foot of the Andes and founded in 1541, it now boasts a population of nearly 7 million. We will spend a full day exploring the cities historical downtown and hip neighborhoods. Next off were headed to Punta Arenas Chile’s southernmost city and gateway to Patagonia.

We continue from Punta Arenas to the beautiful port city of Puerto Natales from where we will base several day tours. The first being an excursion to Torres del Paine which offers unparalleled panoramic views of windswept lakes, bright blue glaciers and of course the world famous Towers of Paine. The second is a daylong cruise to the captivating Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. Enroute we have the opportunity to view sea lions, Andean condors, elephant seals and several cormorant colonies right from the deck of the ship.

Having had a chance to see the Chilean side of Patagonia we will cross the border into Argentina and spend several nights in El Calafate our base for a visit to Los Glaciares National Park. The fantastic views of Lago Argentino and Glaciar Perito Moreno are the highlight of our day long tour of Los Glaciares. Leaving El Calafate we will return to Punta Arenas for our flight back to Santiago.

Additional Information

Trek Duration

More Than Five days

Destinations

Patagonia, Santiago

Trek Difficulty

Easy

Suitable For

< 18 year olds, 18-39 year olds, 40-49 year olds, 50-59 year olds, 60+ year olds, Families

Guiding Method

Guide/Instructor

Tour Languages

English

Company

Chile Guru

Chile Guru

We are a small organization and when you make an inquiry its very likely you will be talking to one of the founders. We have personally taken many of the treks we offer and can advise you on current conditions and what to expect.

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN SANTIAGO
A representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel, you then have the afternoon free to explore the city.

DAY 2: SANTIAGO HIGHLIGHT TOUR (3 HOURS)
Join us as we head out into the hustle and bustle of downtown Santiago, where we will unveil the city’s most renowned and defining sights. You’ll enjoy an engaging adventure through our sprawling green parks before diving into the city’s recent and painful political history surrounding General Pinochet’s notorious 1973 military coup.

See the downtown sites that continue to have lasting effects on the Chilean people, including our spectacular cultural center. This tour provides you with fresh knowledge and unforgettable memories of Santiago.

DAY 3: SANTIAGO HALF DAY WINE TOUR
Pedal through a world-class family-owned vineyard with spectacular views over the Casablanca Valley. Located between Santiago and Valparaiso, Casablanca is Chile’s newly discovered cool climate valley and was named 1 of the 10 Great Wine Capitals of the World. This tour enables you to pedal through vines that are famous for producing Chile’s finest pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and syrah. Take a selfie whilst on your mountain bike with a backdrop to make all your Facebook fan’s jealous. Meet us at the vineyard or travel from our Valparaiso office with your guide to the winery, where your bikes and grapes await you.

DAY 4: PUERTO NATALES
Airport transfer, and overnight at your Hotel. Relax and explore Puerto Natales.

DAY 5: FULL DAY TORRES DEL PAINE
After breakfast we will head out for Torres del Paine National Park for a full-day tour. Enroute to the park we will start the day with a light walk through the Milodon Cave, named after the prehistoric giant milodons (sloths) that once roamed this landscape. Continuing to Torres del Paine we will take in the iconic landscape that Patagonia that is famous for with impressive views of the Towers of Paine and Glacier Gray with its floating ice bergs. Overnight in Puerto Natales.

DAY 6: BALMACEDA CRUISE
After breakfast we will start for the Puerto Natales pier. We will sail along the coast through the Ultima Esperanza Fjord (Channel of Last Hope) where you can often see sea lions, Andean condors, elephant seals, cormorant colonies, as well as a variety of flora right from the ship. The ship will near the roughly 2000m Balmaceda Mountain belonging to the Bernard O’Higgins National Park before stopping at the Serrano Glacier. After a short walk around the border of the lagoon, the ship will take you to a local Estancia where you may enjoy a traditional Patagonian lunch. Overnight in Puerto Natales.

DAY 7: PERRITO MORENO AND EL CALAFATE TOUR
We leave El Calafate early for a day trip to Los Glaciares National Park. We drive along the shores of the vast Lago Argentino before crossing the the Magellanes Peninsula, to arrive at Glaciar Perito Moreno. Glacier Moreno is one of the few glaciers in the world that is still advancing and we can take a short walk to better see the southern flank and the east facing edge of the glacier. Overnight in El Calafate.

DAY 8: PUERTO NATALES – SANTIAGO
After Breakfast, drop off to the airport and board flight to Santiago.

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What’s Included:

  • 2 nights lodging in hotel, Santiago
  • 2 nights lodging in hotel, Puerto Natales
  • 2 nights lodging in hotel, Calafate
  • Transfers between all hotels, airports and bus terminals
  • City tour of Santiago
  • Maritime trip Balmaceda and Serrano
  • Transfers between hotel and dock
  • Torres del Paine excursion
  • Bus ticket Puerto Natales to Calafate
  • Glaciar Perito Moreno trip

What’s Excluded:

  • Flights
  • Tips
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Laundry service

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Company Information

We are a small organization and when you make an inquiry its very likely you will be talking to one of the founders. We have personally taken many of the treks we offer and can advise you on current conditions and what to expect.

Tour Details

  • Availability
    Available Daily
  • Booking Type
    Instant Booking
  • Duration
    8 Days
  • Guiding method
    Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    English
  • Meeting/Starts Point
    Mataveri Airport
  • Maximum Altitude
    2884 Meters
  • Trek Difficulty
    Easy

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